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Gas Prices Again On The Rise
 – And That Means More Gas Theft

     Some analysts are predicting that gas could climb to $5.00 per gallon this summer.  Is it a crime?  We can’t say.  But one thing that is a crime is gas theft.  And you can bet that as gas prices rise so will gas theft.  Gas theft comes in many different forms from filling up at a station and not paying for it to siphoning it from the soccer moms mini-van.  Though a locking gas cap helps, it is by no means a cure-all for gas theft.  Many thieves are now resorting to cutting fuel lines and even drilling fuel tanks underneath vehicles.  So what can be done to help prevent thieves from stealing your gas?

  •      Buy a locking gas cap;  even if  your car has a locking mechanism whereby you must pull a lever from inside the vehicle to “unlock it”.  Some thieves may pry this open, or possibly even break into your vehicle just to pull the lever open.  Also, a locking gas cap will come in handy whenever you must leave your vehicle with someone else who will then have access to your inside gas lever.  Locking gas caps cost approximately $ 10 – $ 20 at your local auto-parts store.
  •      Get an alarm and remember to arm it.  Though such conventional auto-alarms are made for when a vehicle gets broken into, enough shaking of the vehicle could set it off, and hopefully the thief will bump the vehicle hard enough to set off the alarm by being clumsy.
  •      Whenever you must leave your car keys with someone such as for valet parking, leave only the ignition and door key; do not leave your gas cap key.
  •      Park in areas that have high foot traffic if possible, and remember from our previous article ( http://www.advicewatch.org/car_parking_security.htm )to “Park Tactically”; if gas theft is a top concern, try to park next to islands, medians, empty fields, etc.. wherein the side of the gas door is facing such.
  •      If you have multiple vehicles, and perhaps get to park one in a safer place than the other/s (Ex. If you have a one car garage), choose the truck or bigger vehicle to park in such safer place.  Why?  1. The bigger vehicles are more attractive to gas thieves because they tend to have larger gas tanks, and therefore usually more fuel.  2. Cars are harder to get under than tucks or SUVs, The wheel base is lower, so gas thieves that drill or cut fuel lines prefer to hit trucks and SUVs, as they are easier to crawl under.
February 11, 2011 at 4:43 pm                               comment:
Good Advice Is Not Easily Found Online

     You may ask why Advice Watch does not have a whole smorgasbord of advice topics and update daily.  The truth is that though there is much “advice” on the net, most of it is hearsay, sales tactics, hype, and/or bundled with a myriad of hidden motives.  There are also many individual people giving advice on the net; but most of it is just blurted out quick analogies of what a person thinks off the top of their heads.  And it may be well intentioned, but if there is no solid evidence or facts to back it up, it is worse than worthless.  Yes, it is probably better that you did not read or see such “advice” at all.  If it could lead you in the wrong direction, it is probably better that you just stayed put.

     So how hard is it to find good advice on the net?  It depends on the topic, and this is to a certain degree obvious.   Of course, the less a question is quested after, the less info will be available for it, and the less anyone will want to write or comment about it.  But this is also where, if you do find information about it, it is more likely to be from an expert, untainted with ulterior motives, and not watered down.  Conversely, a highly queried topic will bring back thousands of scores from a search engine. But beware the most at this level… …For example, if you asked: “Whey protein vs. soy protein, which is better?” …This question is so highly queried that it will come up as several possible search suggestions before you can even finish typing it.  But there is a lot of hype, unproven “facts“ and many, many reasons for hidden sales pitches and other ulterior motives relating to this query.

     Do not be satisfied with a web site that doesn’t end in “.com” as being a reliable source of information.  For example, Wikipedia.org** is the free encyclopedia that “ANYONE” can edit.  Therefore, is that a good source?  Not exactly, but… …It can often be a good starting point.  Whereas, many .coms are great sources of info at least some of the time such as msn.com which has many expert writers who have a sense of reputation about certain topics.  The internet provided the information age, but there is now so much of it, that it is difficult at best to sift through what is good and bad information.

February 24, 2011 at 2:30 pm                            comment:


Selling, Giving, Or Throwing Away Your Computer Without Caution...
...Is A Great Way To Give Away Your Secrets or Even Have Your Identity Stolen.

    Simply deleting your files and emptying your recycle bin does not wipe your hard drive clean. Anything you’ve put on your computer, passwords, any web sites you’ve visited, photos, word docs, …everything can be retrieved by data thieves. PC World provides short clip video: “How to Completely Erase a Hard Drivevideo which is great for most people, but not 100% completely foolproof if you have really sensitive information on your computer. Throwing the hard drive in a lake won’t do the trick either. If you have really sensitive info on your computer, you should do both physical damage and use a drive erase tool such as DBAN** first. If you want to sell or give away your computer, but still protect your data — perhaps consider removing the hard drive, and selling it as is or put in a new hard drive.

February 22, 2011 at: 1:27 pm                             comment:


 

Calories Burned

     The enlightening article about snowshoeing provided by Drive magazine** (by Subaru**) in accordance with calorie burning impelled us to find calorie burning estimation sources.  Some of the better ones we found are:
February 9, 2011 at 8:10 pm                                  comment:

Gullibility In Society Enhanced by the Internet?

     If you didn’t catch the CNN** story about the professor who tried a gullibility test on his students with a phony tree octopus web site, you missed something interesting and important relating to advice, and a main reason Advice Watch was created.  This story impelled us to set out to find if there were gullibility tests on the net, and sure enough, there are possibly thousands; but some that are fake, contain harmful code, adware, or marketing ploys.

The CNN piece: http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2011/02/04/exp.nr.tree.octopus.professor.cnn?iref=allsearch

The Gullibility Factor Test by NaturalNewsNetwork** is the best one we found because you don’t have to enter any personal info, and no harmful code was found.
http://www.naturalnews.com/gullibility.html

Gullibility Quiz by ofesite.com** is pretty good as well since a picture or text quiz are provided as a choice.
http://www.ofesite.com/hangar51/gull/gull.htm  

 

February 7, 2011 at 12:51 pm                                 comment:

Valentine’s Day Ideas

“Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get, it’s what you are expected to give — which is everything.”  -Anon

 The below are some of the better Valentine’s Day idea pages we’ve come across (Not in any particular order).  Please submit any others that you may be aware of…

February 02, 2011 at 3:34 pm                                     comment:


A Logo Design Of A Different Kind… Of Approach

    Check out the Advice Watch article: “How To Design A Logo Of The Awesome Kind”. There are many sites and pages across the internet that have tutorials about this. And we plan on having a top list of these in the future. For now, we feel this article provides some slightly different perspectives and an approach about trademark protection that we have not seen presented in such tutorials.

     An awesome logo design could cost thousands of dollars. If you choose to do it yourself, it is possible. But it will take some time, tinkering, planning, and a willingness to go back to the drawing board. This article is a good first base of essential logo how-to.

February 04, 2011 at 5:17 am                                 comment:


Our Top 5 Tips Link: It’s Coming…

Yes, we know when you click on the link to the “Top 5 Tips”, it goes to a blank page.  We are trying to decide on a format of presenting them, but hope to have the situation resolved within the next week.  More D.I.Y.s and How-To are also going to be our primary focus for the next few weeks.

January 31, 2011 at 7:57 am                                       comment:  


On Body Language: For Attraction Detection

According to David Givens, author of  Love Signals: The Body Language of Courtship…  A key sign that someone is interested in you: +Eye Blinking Rapidly+. Most people blink approximately 20 times per minute; if they blink considerably more than that, they are under stress… or attracted to somebody close by.

Another key: +Body Extensions+. Touching something that is on you or something that you carry. For example: your watch, handbag, pen, phone, etc. These are body extensions. Touching one of these things may be somewhat of a test or probe before touching your hand.

January 28, 2011 at 8:25 pm                                       comment:


ATM Skimming: A Swelling threat particularly in the U.S.

ATM thefts have been growing at an approximate rate of 10% per year. Thieves steal ATM information in various ways and from various sources. The current most used method is by gluing a device having a street term called a “skimmer” which reads the magnetic stripe on your card. Then they just transfer the information from the skimmer to a new fake ATM card. The crime is particularly bad in North America because in other countries, international banks no longer use magnetic striped ATM cards; rather, they use cards embedded with microchips (which are much more difficult to skim). In the U.S., there currently are no plans to switch to microchip cards due to high costs.

To help defend yourself against this crime:

  • Try not to use ATMs at convenience stores, malls, airports, bus, or train stations. These are the most targeted by thieves as they are less monitored, have less defensive mechanisms, and are often controlled by entirely private 3rd parties. Bank ATMs and most preferably your own banks ATM is the most ideal to conduct a safer transaction.
  • Even with the information skimmed from your ATM card, thieves most often still need your PIN number. They often hide tiny pinhole cameras in various places around the ATM, and often even directly on the ATM. Search for such cameras, but nonetheless even if you don’t see any, assume there may be one on you; cover the hand that types in the PIN with your other hand that preferably has more cover and distractions, such as sunglasses or a small book. Most importantly on this topic, don’t have an easy to guess PIN # such as 2222, 6789, something having to do with your birthday, etc..
  • Do not use an ATM that appears to have been tampered with. Look for loose parts, as the FBI recommends grabbing the slot rim where you swipe or insert your card to feel if it is loose. But look for any loose parts, glue marks, or anything suspicious about the ATM.
  • Look for suspicious persons lingering around the ATM. A small female doesn’t need to physically assault-rob you, she would just need a piece of information that you may not be aware that you are giving.

January 27, 2011 at 3:20 pm                                           comment:


To find out what your own I.P. address is go here:

To find out what your own I.P. address is go here: 

http://www.ipcatch.com/ ; which will also tell you who your internet provider is, country, and what browser you are using. You can use this info for various reasons. 1 reason is to see if you have a new connection from the last time you checked. So if you have an always on connection, unplugged it and restarted it you may be given a new I.P. address. This will often foil internet stalkers.

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